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Group plans commissioning ceremony for USS Vermont

March 18, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials are preparing to celebrate the commission of the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered attack submarine.

The Times Argus reports a group of 27 people from across Vermont is planning a series of events for the commission of the USS Vermont.

Events include a barbecue dinner for the crew, a reception for sponsors and ship builders and a post-commission reception.

Commissioning committee chairwoman Debra Martin says they are planning to have all donated products from Vermont businesses at the post-commissioning reception.

She says the group has a $250,000 fundraising goal to pay for all expenses associated with the events.

The $2.7 billion vessel will be the third Navy vessel to be named after Vermont.

Its commissioning ceremony is scheduled to take place in late spring or early summer next year.

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Information from: The Times Argus, http://www.timesargus.com/